Friday, March 29, 2013

Finding the Persistence of Yellow...

"You ask me how things work.
I think of endless cycles,
the hum and spin of everything.
So I tell you this:
hold the pale green stalk up high.
And then run hard so the wind will
catch the wings of the dandelion seeds.
Let them fall like sparks, like stars,
back to the earth.
I can tell you are not satisfied.
But really. That's all there is to it:
The persistence of yellow." 
                                                                             ~ (#204) Monique Duval

So I am a seeker of Yellow and I am finding it everywhere!

I wrote on my other blog how we are off for a vacation and I am seeking out Yellow... expecting to find it everywhere I go! Little did I know - I wouldn't have to go far! I haven't even left yet and look at all the gorgeous Yellow I have found:

It will be quiet around here for the next week or so... please forgive the silence... the crickets song... but I encourage you to lean in to Spring - and search out the Persistence of Yellow for yourself!  Fling seeds of joy and love and dreams everywhere you go...

I wonder, are you game for looking for Yellow?  Tell me where you've found it! I'd love to know!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Lake Chelan in March

So I had the joy and honor of attending and speaking at a women's retreat up at beautiful Lake Chelan over the weekend! I was busy teaching and sharing - and they actually had a photographer for the retreat so I didn't get any photo's of the actual sessions (she did though - and she is amazing!)... but here are a few shots I snapped in between...


This is Campbell's Resort right on the Lake - a family run AMAZING Resort and Spa!
They REALLY know how to take care of you!

(and no... I get nothing... but seriously - check them out! You won't be sorry!)

The Name tag (featuring the original artwork I did for this Retreat), and a SUPER Yummy custom made sugar cookie from Lily's Sweet Treats

This is the View out my back door:

...and this is the view outside my FRONT door:

(Here... here's a close up: )

Yes - that is right, folks! The gorgeous views of the Lake out one door, and the lovely view of a Starbucks out the other!  CLEARLY someone knows me WELL!

Early morning on the Lake:
aaah... and the View AFTER coffee...

And last but not least, the High Bidder on "Time to Fly" (proceeds go to Women At Risk, Int'l!):

What a blessed weekend!

Thursday, March 07, 2013

A gift that keeps on giving...

Aaah - White Lilies!

It was the beginning of this crazy busy week, and I had lists miles long for every day when I was already running behind.  My sweet friend, the first one to arrive for our small group, rang the bell as I was finishing up the vacuuming.  I let her in to see she came bearing gifts.  Well - one, really - and a LARGE one at that!

She couldn't have known I had just switched out my decor and skipped right over St. Patrick's Day and brought out hints of Easter here and there.  She couldn't have known how much we LOVE Lilies in this house... how much they speak to us.  She couldn't have known how seeing this gorgeous bouquet through out my week helped to remind me that no matter what was on my bossy list - I could rest assured that God could handle it (even IF I didn't get everything done!)  After all... doesn't Luke tell us to consider the lilies?

"Consider the lilies, how they grow.  They neither (wearily) toil nor spin nor weave; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory (his splendor and magnificence) was not arrayed like one of these." (Luke 12:27 Amplified)

You see - this bouquet was a gift... she was headed out of town and would not be able to enjoy it... so she brought it to bless me.  In this week, I had a lot on my plate - much of that involved planning for a couple of workshops that I am teaching at a Women's Retreat this weekend.  I shared that I would much rather the workshops be on Prayer, or teaching the Word, or even leading a How-To class on scrapbooking or card making... but this? A workshop on Prophetic Art... now this is out of my comfort zone. Ha... that is a sort of inside joke... you see, THIS is the artwork He had me do for the retreat itself:

Yeah - did you notice that 'Comfort Zone' on that clock... He has told me that now is the time... and these lilies not only reminded me that He's got me covered... but also the meaning or symbolism of White Lilies include "Purity, Modesty, and Sweetness"

My friend couldn't have known that it was at the LAST Women's Retreat that I taught at that the Lord told me I was called and gifted to be 'Gooey for Jesus'.  That His 'Sweetness' flowed through me.  This is my hearts desire - that this weekend - that ANY weekend, on any given day throughout any week... His Love so shines through me, that I pale and His Glory and Presence shine bright.  It won't matter what I teach or what I say if all the ladies come away with is me...

What I want them to know - to see - to really 'grab hold of' is Him.  Him - at work in and through each of them whether they consider themselves creative, or not! After all - as I will share - Prophetic Art is not so much about skill... it's not about me, or them - it's about hearing Him and painting out of what He says.  If we learn and remember to do that - the art will reveal the Artist. The very Artist who created these gorgeous Lilies, and every single precious sister/daughter/friend sitting in my class, and every single one reading these very words on a screen!

Yes... I needed those flowers this week!
They are a gift - that just keeps on giving!

Speak Life, Be Love, Shine On!

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

THIS is a Sunday Drive...

(Have I said how much I love living in the Pacific Northwest lately?)

We woke up Sunday morning and decided that we would take a drive and go out to breakfast for a change of pace... here is a glimpse into our morning (minus random foodie shots because #1. I restrained myself to the relief of my family, and #2. We were just that hungry!)



So gorgeous! I MUCH prefer this Spring-like weather to the SNOW that we got today! OK - sure - it didn't stick and is no where to be seen now, but I am so ready for Springtime!

How about you?  What are you most looking forward to when Spring finally arrives?